A Right To Information (RTI) application has revealed that Maharashtra has done little to implement reforms to curb graft and political interference in the police force as was recommended by the Supreme Court in the Prakash Singh case of 2006.
Of the six directives issued, not even one has been fully complied with. In fact, the state's SC counsel recently wrote to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan pointing out that for the last seven years none of the directives had been implemented.
IPS officer-turned-lawyer, YP Singh said that since the reforms would mean that the government loses its powers over the police force, the opposition and ruling party had joined hands to delay the implementation of recommendations of the report by former DGP of Uttar Pradesh, Prakash Singh.
"Police postings and transfers are the root of corruption. Nepotism of politicians will come down if these directives are followed," Singh said.
The guidelines are based on setting up of a state security commission (SSC), selection and minimum tenure of director generals of police (DGPs), minimum tenure of inspector generals of police (IGs) and other officers, separation of crime investigation from the government's law and order department, setting up of a police establishment board (PEB) and a police complaints authorities (PCA).
The letter from Sanjay Kharde, the state's SC counsel, stated that the Apex Court wanted implementation of the directions in its true spirit.
On April 12, while hearing a suo-moto case pertaining to the Punjab police beating up a woman in public, the SC had issued notices to states, seeking their response on steps taken to implement the 2006 directives.
Although the Maharashtra government had filed an affidavit earlier pointing out the steps taken by the state, Kharde said that none of the directives have actually been implemented.
Singh said that although directives had only been partially implemented by issuing three government resolutions (GRs) regarding setting up a SSC, PCA and PEB, these GRs were non-functional.
The information, which was received last month, based on the query of RTI activist, Afzal Mohammed, also states that on April 18, the CM had called a meeting to discuss the issue.